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Intuitive Eating – Create a Healthy Relationship with Food

Intuitive Eating – Create a Healthy Relationship with Food

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7 Tips to Pull Yourself Out of a Funk

7 Tips to Pull Yourself Out of a Funk

You know those points in your life when everything is going alright, you’re all good, and then suddenly, you’re just not? Your (normally enjoyable) job becomes burdensome. That daily commute drains all of the energy and life out of you. Every minor inconvenience is now […]

50 Affirmations for Self Love, Confidence, and Joy

50 Affirmations for Self Love, Confidence, and Joy

One of my favorite parts about California…

was this lil restaurant in Venice called Cafe Gratitude. Plant based, aesthetically pleasing, and allows dogs inside? Check, check, check!

Besides the gorgeous interior and kind service, what made me fall in love with this place was its menu, and its mission.

(not sponsored, just love!)

photo credit to www.deringhall.com

Cafe Gratitude names their menu items with certain feelings or character traits. For example, their Matcha Latte is named Vibrant. Their guacamole is called Connected. Their Indian Curry Bowl is called Humble. When you order, instead of the usual, “I’ll have…” you’re supposed to say, “I am ______.” So, when I ordered my Matcha, my server asked, “How are you feeling today?” I said, “I am vibrant.”

And I loved that. I loved it so much that I texted my mom about it right when my server walked away. The fact that a business was recognizing the power that our words have over us, their ability to change our whole mood made me so happy.

So that’s where I’m at today. We’re riding the wave of last weeks blog post (check it out here!) I’m thinking all about our words, how we speak, how we think, and how that all makes us feel. I don’t know about you, but if I could create some more happy days and positive energy in my life, I’m gonna.

You may have heard of this lil buzzword: Affirmation(s).

Affirmations are simply positive statements that are used to fight negative feelings and energies. Mostly, people practice this by having “daily affirmations”, or phrases they repeat to themselves a few times a day, or when needed. I know some people might view daily affirmations as kinda new-agey, wishful thinking-y, but let me remind you of something.

Related post: Positive Self-Talk Strategies

Think back to grade school, to college, to whenever you needed to study and memorize something. Odds are, you made flashcards, or a quizlet, and studied those babies every. single. day. Repeating and repeating the same phrases and words so that they became second nature – until you could read the first two words of the question and already know the answer. And it worked, huh? You remembered those words, you learned that material, it became part of you.

50 Affirmations for Self Love, Confidence, and Joy

Why would daily affirmations be any different?

Repeating positive statements about life, yourself, your career, your relationships, helps to solidify those views for you. It enforces their power, makes them part of you.

My favorite affirmation throughout high school was, “We attract what we’re ready for.”

I told myself that every time anything crappy happened to me, any time I was faced with a difficult decision, any time something didn’t go my way. We attract what we’re ready for. And I knew I could handle it, whatever it was.

So here, I’ve gathered and written 50 of my favorite affirmations. Write them on post-its, set them as reminders on your phone, pin them to your favorite boards, text them to your friends. Happy thoughts, loves!

50 Affirmations for Self-Love, Confidence, and Joy

50 Self Love Affirmations

My self-esteem is high and I honor who I am

I am grounded, I am loved, I am enough.

My mind is beautiful and it is powerful.

I am not defined by my mistakes.

Everything I need to succeed, I already have.

I am important.

I allow myself grace in all things.

Fear is simply a feeling, it will not hold me back.

I have a purpose.

50 Self Love Affirmations

Today, I choose happiness.

I am surrounded by opportunity, I simply must seek it.

If I want to be seen, I have to show up.

I do not need to be perfect, I need to be me.

All I can do is my best each day.

I am capable of amazing things, and I will accomplish amazing things.

I am grateful for my body and my health.

My body is beautiful. It is strong, and it is powerful.

50 Affirmations

I deserve all that is good.

I can handle this, and I will handle this.

Every challenge I face is a lesson.

I am becoming who I’m meant to be.

Every day is a chance to grow.

I love seeing my confidence grow.

“I can be changed by what happens to me but I refuse to be reduced by it.” – Maya Angelou

Life will hand me the same lesson until I learn it.

I have the power to change my life.

I am radiant.

There is good in the world, and I attract it.

I control my emotions, they do not control me.

I will honor myself and my goals today.

Everything happens as it’s meant to.

I can.

50 Affirmations

I am confident in all that I do.

My strength is greater than any struggle

I treat myself and others with the highest respect.

I radiate positivity.

What I think, I become.

I am proud of myself.

50 Affirmations

We attract what we’re ready for.

I love who I am.

I surround myself with people who lift me higher.

My authentic self is my best self.

I lift others.

The universe has my back.

50 Affirmations

I am brilliant and I am brave.

I fully accept who I am.

After every hard day, I come out stronger.

I live life on my own terms.

I know my value.

When I focus on the good, the good gets better.

Enjoy these! Spread some love today, to yourself and those around you.

Love, Laney


30 No-Frill Ways to Practice Self Care

30 No-Frill Ways to Practice Self Care

Self Care means a lot of things to a lot of people.

The ever-popular face mask, bubble bath, chocolate combo is a pamper night staple, but that’s not the only way to practice Self Care. Sometimes, it’s the difficult tasks, or those that urge you to step out of your comfort zone that do you the most good. They might not feel the best in the moment, but in the long run, you’re better off.

So here I have for you a list, my friends. A list of some alternate ways to practice Self Care, without a bath bomb or glass of wine in sight.

30 Best Ways to Practice Self Care

 

30 Ways to Practice Self Care

  1. Delete their number. Not in a petty way, but a taking-care-of-yourself way.
  2. Clean your car.
  3. Organize and optimize your workspace. See tips on that here.
  4. Make your bedroom a place for relaxation, not work/homework.
  5. Clean up your following/friends lists. Unfollow/Unfriend those who do not inspire you, encourage you, or teach you.
  6. Look for a new job. Especially if you’re currently unhappy in your position. Even if you are happy, it’s fun to see what else is out there, what potential options you have for the future.
  7. Pay those lingering bills (Ahem, that vehicle tax & those doctor’s bills)
  8. Have a No-Media or No-Technology day. Unplug for a bit.
  9. Write in a journal. Try this exercise.
  10. Do whatever it is that makes you happy.30 Ways to Practice Self Care
  11. Write letters. To your family, to your friends, your future self, old self, Santa, whoever. It’s incredibly therapeutic, even if they never get sent.
  12. Cook yourself a meal. A real meal, put down the box of pasta. Some of my favorite recipes come from Gimme Some Oven.
  13. Get yourself to the gym, or at least outside. Exercise = Endorphins. Sunshine = Vitamin D = Endorphins. Endorphins = Good.
  14. Go grocery shopping. Fill your house with nutrients and healthy foods.
  15. Go to your local bookstore. Even if you don’t get anything, it can be inspiring to see all of the things that you could learn, one day.
  16. Delegate or delay certain tasks. No one can do it all. And it doesn’t all have to be done today.
  17. Download the Calm or Headspace apps. They’re perfect for meditation, or simply clearing your mind so you can focus on the task at hand.
  18. Start a Gratitude List. There is so much evidence on how practicing gratitude can positively impact your life and your self esteem, just check out this HuffPost article.
  19. Create a bucket list. Find some things to work towards, or look forward to. It will make all the difference.
  20. Have those conversations you’ve been avoiding. Whether it be simply giving your grandma a phone call, or telling a friend you’re unhappy with how they’re treating you. Just get it off of your chest, and it’ll get off of your mind.
  21. Write down your strengths. Celebrate them.30 Ways to Practice Self Care
  22. Write down your weaknesses. Understand them.
  23. Finish your laundry. And put it away. That’s the most common form of clutter, and it can so easily be avoided.
  24. Let go of those people & situations that no longer serve you. Everyone who comes into our life teaches us something or gives us something, and when they’re service is done, it’s time to move on. Odds are, you’ve completed your service to them, too. Let go, and let eachother thrive.
  25. Take a social media cleanse. As often as it’s used for good, it’s used for evil. Delete those insecurities and comparisons for a while.
  26. Take an honest look at your finances. Make a budget for yourself. Make some money-related goals.
  27. Respond to those emails, and call those people back. While you’re at it, call your doctor and dentist, too.
  28. Buy yourself a present. Whether that present be a smoothie from your favorite place, a bouquet of flowers, or a hotel room in the city for the weekend, treat yourself. You deserve it.
  29. For heavens sake, put down the Netflix, and pick up a book. Trust me, I know how nice it is to just melt into your couch, mindlessly eating popcorn and watching The Office (for the fourth time), but stimulate your brain a little. Put it to work. It likes it.
  30. Take that leap. Whatever it is you’re afraid to do, be it leave a job, a partner, start a new relationship, launch your business, move states, just do it already. Life is too damn short.

Take care, friends.

Love,


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Starvation Mode: What It Really Is, and How to Avoid It

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